How to Find a Reliable Moving Company. Moving is stressful enough without worrying about whether your furniture will make it to its destination or not, intact and on time. Before you sign a contract with a moving company, follow these steps to ensure that your transition between your old and new home is smooth and stress-free.
Ask other people who have recently moved for references. Word-of-mouth advertising is often more effective and reliable than heavy promotions in newspapers, fliers or phonebooks.
Get multiple quotes from more than one moving company. Do not settle for the least expensive moving company, and never assume that you will get better service the more money you pay.
Check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints or claims made against the moving company.
Verify that the moving company is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Inquire from potential movers about their willingness to accommodate your schedule. Companies who follow through with requests and provide excellent customer service are more likely to be reliable than those who don't. Likewise, ask a representative to visit your home to provide an in-home estimate of the move.
Look for moving companies who offer insurance to protect against damaged goods and property. Although you may pay extra for insurance, the safety of your belongings is worth the additional cost.
Question the moving company about how they pack and transport. Additionally, find out how items are kept in a storage facility if you will not have immediate access to them. If possible, visit their storage facility.